In this episode, Brandon talks with Matt Hawkins of Cresco Capital about cannabis Private Equity (PE) investing, the appeal of public exits, and the changing stigma in Dallas, Texas regarding cannabis. Matt and his team have deployed over $25 million in the space in a number of investments including: Flrish Farms, Ebbu, Harvest, and Green Thumb Industries (GTI). Unlike many investors in this space, Matt and his team are not afraid to touch the plant. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with another prominent investor in the cannabis industry!
In this episode, Brandon dives into cannabis distribution with CEO Tim Conder of Blackbird. Tim and his team conquered the Nevada market, and now have their sights set on California. With competition rising, Tim discusses managing teams at scale, building v buying internal tech tools, and why solving California distribution is so difficult. If you've ever wondered how products get from farm to store (or directly to you!), then tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with cannabis distribution!
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In this extra special episode, Brandon welcomes founder Roy Bingham of BDS Analytics to the show. BDS is one of the leaders in harvesting, analyzing, and profiting off of data in the cannabis industry. Roy discusses his background in the natural food industry, raising a Series B with Canopy, and how to tackle the data challenges of California. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with BDS and the rise of big data in cannabis!
In this episode, Brandon welcomes Arthur de Cordova of Ziel to the show. Arthur and his team are changing the world of food safety in cannabis. With their radio frequency technology, they can process up to 100 lbs an hour of cannabis flower. This patented process actually vibrates the cannabis using it’s inherent moisture. In addition, Arthur and Brandon dive into how food safety improves a company’s bottom line, Arthur’s Wall Street background, and why remediation is so difficult with the cannabis plant. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Ziel and food safety in cannabis!
In this episode, Brandon dives into the European cannabis market with Stephen Murphy of Prohibition Partners. Similarly to the US, Europe has a wide variety of laws, customs, and cultural attitudes surrounding cannabis. Countries like Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal are leading the new medical cannabis revolution, but issues like patient access, cultivation supply, access to new products like oils, and Brexit are causing problems in the rollout of cannabis laws across Europe. Stephen breaks down the current laws in individual countries, the rollout of medical followed by recreational, and the reasons why the EU will be the biggest cannabis market in the world in the next 5 years.
In this hemp based episode, Brandon chats with Centuria Foods founder Michael Brubeck about how he built the largest hemp CBD manufacturer by gross tonnage in biomass and oil in North America. Starting in cannabis retail and cultivation almost 15 years ago, Michael shares his thoughts on the future of hemp, the efficacy of topicals, and why you shouldn’t buy his book..but you should learn the lessons. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with the world of large scale importing, manufacturing, and processing of hemp CBD!
In this special episode, Brandon welcomes Dr. Rick Doblin of MAPS to the show to discuss cannabis, psychedelics, and how organizations like MAPS are helping reshape our drug culture, bring an end to the PTSD epidemic, and enhance our freedom of consciousness. Founded in 1986, MAPS is a non-profit pharma company focused on developing psychedelics and cannabis to help with PTSD and other health issues. They’ve raised tens of millions of dollars to study these drugs and have run into incessant government and political obstacles since inception. Learn how the MAPS team is reshaping our relationship with psychedelics, changing our political drug culture, and how you can help them! Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Dr. Rick Doblin and MAPS!
In this awesome episode, Brandon learns how Lexaria and founder Chris Bunka are changing the world of edibles. With a wide patent portfolio and the ability to make edibles taste better and feel more like smoking, this public cannabis company is attempting to change the narrative on how we experience edibles. Their technology uses enhanced bio-absorption and bypasses the liver, giving it the potential to change the way we socially consume edibles. Additionally, Chris dives into his past life of angel investing, the process of getting a patent, and why the licensing model works for Lexaria and their investors. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted!
In this week’s episode, Brandon welcomes vaping expert Arnaud Dumas de Rauly of The Blinc Group to the show. Arnaud and his team have extensive experience in the world of cannabis and nicotine vaping. They started the Blinc Group to help cannabis vaporizer companies build innovative products, test them through real distribution channels, and then help them fundraise to scale their businesses. The current class, including VapeXhale and the RYAH, spend 6 months with the Blinc Group testing and refining their products while building out their distribution channels. This fascinating discussion also dives deep into C Cells v 510 threads, the paradigm shift of pod vapes like the PAX, and why the dual tank system may change the way everyone vapes. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with the world of vaping!
In this week's episode, Brandon welcomes Mark Breen of Leafbuyer to the show to discuss the fascinating world of online cannabis deals. As Groupon has shown, this concept has value. But in cannabis, issues like legality of selling THC products online, driving traffic using traditional marketing challenges, and lack of customer trackability are rampant. Learn how Mark and his team have navigated these challenges and raised capital in the public markets for Leafbuyer. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted!